Parent Update Announcements


posted Sep 13, 2018, 12:25 PM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  This past Tuesday was one of the most special of days here at the middle school (and even the elementary school!).  This wonderful community worked with the fine folks at the Make-A-Wish Foundation and put on an assembly about kindness and doing for others.  It culminated with Gard Family having their “wish granted” for their son, Georgie. Batman and Spiderman were even on hand to make it even more special.  I know I speak for Danielle over at the elementary school in that we have never seen such a fine audience. There were nearly 800 people in the auditorium and the students from both schools were simply awesome; lots of buckets were filled on that day.

Please follow this link to the computer network “acceptable use policy” paperwork.  This must be completed and turned in before your child can access the school’s network.  Please do so as soon as possible.

Homework Group has begun after school. This runs from 2:30-4:00 from Monday-Thursday (except on Early Release days).  Students may use this time to complete their homework and get help from the teacher and/or paraprofessional each of whom oversee the program.  Students must be picked no later than 4:00, please, and students who are not using their time wisely or are disruptive to others will be asked to leave.

I was able to sit down with some more 8th graders this week.  This has been the best part of my day; getting to know my students better.  If they enjoy it half as much as me, then it is a big win. Some of the interesting things I learned this week was that we have a 3-time Junior Olympian swimmer, a Junior National racquetball player, a student who was recognized by the police in Maine for helping the deer population, a YouTuber who has done a review on slime, has worked at the Children’s Auction since she was 4 years old, has earned their CPR certification and someone who has a pet fish, “Senor Pez.”  All very good stuff!

Follow this link for a free parent forum regarding “developing digital responsibility in our children” sponsored by the New Hampshire School Board Association.

I have also attached to this email four documents; two regarding the Gilford Got Lunch program.  Please take a look at these if you’d like to help out or if you are in need of some assistance, and two regarding the fundraising efforts of our very generous PTA.

Next week’s events:

Monday - A/B Boys Soccer @ Winnisquam (3:30/4:30); A/B Field Hockey (3:30/4:30); A Girls Soccer @ Interlakes (4:00); A/B Volleyball @ Winnisquam (3:30/4:30)

Tuesday - A Field Hockey (3:30)

Wednesday - Early Release (12:20); A/B Girls Soccer (3:30/5:00); A/B Boys Soccer @ Belmont (4:00); Cross Country @ Alton (4:00).  All athletes must go home after the early release dismissal and then return to school for their games/practices later in the day.

Thursday - Cross Country @ Laconia (4:00)

Friday - A/B Field Hockey @ Kennett (4:30/5:30)

Thank you and I hope to see you at Open House tonight!


Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, October 13, 2018:
2018-2019 GGL school Program enrollment info.pdf
2018-2019 school program application WEEKEND BAG.pdf


posted Sep 10, 2018, 4:15 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Notification from: Gilford Middle School

Good afternoon.  The weather has finally broken and our students (and staff) can now stop melting.  I have to give both a lot of credit as it is not easy to teach and learn in such hot/humid weather.  They’re troopers, for sure!

Next Thursday is our Open House which runs from 4:30-6:00.  You may come and go as you’d like. This is a chance for you to meet your child’s new teacher and check out the school.  In November, we will hold our parent conferences where you will have a chance to sit down and talk about your child’s progress so far this year.

I have begun my “principal interviews” with students this past week.  By the end of October, I hope to have sat down with each and every student to talk about what good things “fill their buckets,” school, and just to have the chance to get to know them a little better and for them to get to know me a little better.  I have met with nearly 40 8th graders so far and I have enjoyed our little chats very much. I have learned some pretty cool things about what they do. I have learned that we have a professional air-soft competitor; the owner of a pig named “Gronk;” that we have an official squirrel hunting season here in New Hampshire; one of our students is going to earn his Black Belt in Karate later this month; the proud owner of a Norwegian Fjord Horse is going to compete for the first time the weekend; someone is a practicing blacksmith and a member of the Civil Air Patrol; one of our students traveled to Africa to take part in a safari; one of our students used to have a pet shark; we have a relative of Red Sox legend, Carlton Fisk; and, finally, I was surprised to learn that there are many families here in Gilford who have chickens (me, being one of them!).  I cannot wait to discover new things about our students as I sit down with them.

In the next day or two, your child will be bringing home a Health Information Form.  It will be on blue paper. At your earliest convenience, please review, complete and sign in the three areas where it asks for parent/guardian signature and return it to the school.  Thank you in advance for your help with this.

Next week’s events:

Monday = A Boys/Girls Soccer (4:00/5:30); A/B Volleyball (4:00/5:00)

Tuesday = School District Policy Committee Meeting [agenda attached] @ GHS (7:30am); A/B Field Hockey (3:30/4:30); Cross Country Meet (4:00); Cribbage Play (2:30-3:45)

Wednesday = A/B Boys Soccer (3:30/4:30); A/B Girls Soccer @ Belmont (3:30/4:30); A/B Volleyball @ Belmont (3:30/4:30)

Thursday = A Field Hockey/A Volleyball/B Boys Soccer (3:30); Open House (4:30-6:00)

Friday = A/B Boys Soccer @ Alton (3:30/4:30); A/B Volleyball (3:30/4:30); A/B Field Hockey @ Bow (4:00/5:15); A/B Girls Soccer (3:30/4:30)

Thank you and have a great weekend!


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, October 07, 2018:
Agenda 9-11-2018.pdf


posted Aug 31, 2018, 11:39 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  This may have been one of the nicest starts to a school year that I have ever had.  Staff weren’t just “proficient” but were “proficient with distinction”! The students truly seemed to be happy to be back in school. I am very fortunate to work with such nice staff and students.  Mr. Walsh and I spoke with each of the grade levels on the first day of school and spoke mostly about how to be good citizens with each other, filling each other’s “buckets” with positive moments and gestures, and how to stay away from the “drama” that can sometimes consume an adolescent’s life.  All four grades were great audience members; I think they appreciated being in the air-conditioned auditorium.

In the coming weeks, I plan to sit down for 5 minutes or so with each and every student to get to know them better; something I think is important for a principal to do.  I am trying to spread a positive culture at the school; filling buckets with positive moments as mentioned above. I have asked them to come prepared to answer/talk about the following questions:

  1. By what name do you like to be called?

  2. What are your hobbies or interests that you like to talk about a lot?

  3. What increases your mood or positive emotions or "fills your bucket" the most?

  4. From whom do you like to receive recognition or praise?

  5. What type of recognition or praise do you like best?  Public? Private? Written? Verbal? Another way?

  6. What is the greatest recognition you have ever received?

Many replied to my email with answers to these questions.  From their responses, I could tell that they thought this a good idea and are excited to share.  I told them in our Wednesday meeting that some of them of them might nervous about “reporting to the principal’s office” but I promised them that it would be very relaxed and that I had candy (they liked that).

I do have one question, however.  Who was the thoughtful person(s) who created the colorful, welcoming chalk-work in front of the school Wednesday morning?  That was really special and made my day when I walked in the building; the staff was really appreciative of it, as well. Many thanks for helping us start off the school year in a positive, welcoming way!

Speaking of being thoughtful and helpful, the PTA is having their annual fundraiser this year at the Gilford Youth Center on Saturday, October 13 from 6:00pm-10:30pm.  I have attached two flyers for more details. Hope you can make it and support the wonderful and generous folks in our PTA!

Hopefully by now, you have received information from our photography company about next Thursday’s “School Picture Day.”  If not, they will have order forms next Thursday so you can still purchase photos of your child.

Our Fall Sports Season starts up next Thursday and Friday with the following contests:

  • Thursday:  A/B Field Hockey (3:00/4:30); A/B Girls Soccer (3:30/4:30); B/A Boys Soccer @ Newfound (3:30/4:30); B/A Volleyball @ Newfound (3:30/4:30)

  • Friday:  A/B Boys Soccer (3:30/4:30); A/B Field Hockey @Winnisquam (3:30/4:30)

Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!


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posted Aug 28, 2018, 4:35 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  We’re just days away now!  As always, at this time of year, we all look forward to the return of kids in our building.  Our dedicated faculty and staff have been in and out of the building all summer preparing for the big day!   There are several items that I need to share with you before the school year starts. So, here it goes!

  • Please remember to submit the paperwork for the Chromebooks as soon as possible.  On Monday and Tuesday afternoon, students will be able to get their Chromebooks (if they have their paperwork) up in the library.  They can wait until the first day of school, of course. I have also attached the "acceptable use policy" for access to technology in our district.

  • Please follow this link to read (with your child), the Student/Parent Handbook.

  • If you wish to volunteer at the school, you need have had gone through the process of getting fingerprinted and attending the short orientation.  If you did this last year, you will need only to sign an affidavit at the SAU office. You can contact them at 527-9215.

  • Please follow this link to access/create an account to our grade portal in order to gain access to your child’s grades; Vision Student Information System.

  • Please follow this link to access this year’s Bus Route information.

  • Important Dates:

Thank you and I hope to see you at Old Home Day!


Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, September 22, 2018:
AUP MHS 18-19.pdf


posted Jun 18, 2018, 4:48 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon and welcome to the last weekly parent update of the school year!  Today was a very special day at the middle school as we had two major events; the Silver Hawk Award Ceremony and the Talent Show.  

Regarding the Talent Show, I am always amazed as to the varied talents our students possess.  It is pretty cool to see the things that they do as we often do not have a platform here for them to show off their skills.  Kudos to Mr. Warnick and Mrs. Moynihan for organizing this event.

We started off the day with the 3rd Trimester Silver Hawk Awards.  We did things differently this trimester by increasing the number of recipients (it is always difficult for the teachers to pick just one boy and one girl each time.  We decided to take a page out of the Unified Arts Team method of choosing Silver Hawks: Each teacher (at each grade level) votes for the students (no limit) who they feel best exemplify what it is to be a responsible, resourceful, respectful and confident learner.  If the student receives a vote from each and everyone of their teachers then they earn the award.

Winners for each grade level (and UA) for Trimester 3 are:  Grade 8 - Kaleena Dyer, Vanessa Genakos, Nicole Green, Ashley Kulscar, Zoe Lehneman, Alexa Leonard, Avery Marshall, Harry Meehan, Josh Merriam, Alainnah Penney, Nathaniel Poll, Mackenzie Roys, Reece Sadler & Matthew Smith.  Grade 7 - Samuel Cheek, Patrick Gandini, Murphy Harris, Sydney Irons, Michael Kitto, Landon Lewis, Camryn Marshall, Madison Nash, Lauryn Nash-Boucher, Savannah Neuman, Ashley Sanderson, Joseph Schelb, Lily Tierno & Taryn Wernig.  Grade 6 - Elizabeth Albert, Aiden Bondaz, Madeline Burlock, Samantha Dahl, Sienna Diaz, Kimberly Griffin, Carolina Guest, Madelyn Guest, Ryan Guyer, Hayley Jeffreys, Haukur Karlsson, Abigail Kenyon, Scott Kulscar, Charlotte Lehr, Rosabella Lesniak, Abigail Seal, Lydia Stefan, Rylee Stefan, Benjamin Suranyi & Addy Wernig.  Grade 5 - Rachel Beck, Hunter Bell, Anna Coapland, Georgia Eckhardt, Isabelle Johnson, Abigail Morin, Kendall Myers, Lamija Pintol, Sophia Powers & Benjamin Wolpin.  Unified Arts - (Grade 8) - Zoe Lehneman, Avery Marshall, Anna Cook, Tyler Hazelton, Harper Meehan, Owen Nelson, Lauren Sikoski & Catherine Stow; (Grade 7) - Sam Cheek, Patrick Gandini, Murphy Harris, Sydney Irons, Camryn Marshall, Savannah Neuman, Ashley Sanderson, Joseph Schelb, Taryn Wernig, Emily Watson, Maria Uicker, Brenna O’Connor, Alison Kenyon, Madison Hazelton & Alexandra Fay; (Grade 6) - Elizabeth Albert, Madeline Burlock, Samantha Dahl, Caroline Guest, Madelyn Guest, Ryan Guyer, Hayley Jeffreys, Abigail Kenyon, Rosabella Lesniak, Addy Wernig, Elli Nicholas, Lela Hodgkins, Eva Lacy, Vincent Marcella, Rylee Powers, Carter Forest & Tristan Reinhold; (Grade 5) - Rachel Beck, Hunter Bell, Lamija Pintol, Sophie Powers, Josiah Valentine, Micah Javalgi, Harry Jenkins, Carter Laliberte & Lauren Nazer.

Our Robotics Team, led by Mrs. Damato, gave a wonderful presentation on their year to the Gilford Rotary last Friday.  Abby Kenyon, Drew DeCarli and Mikey Mitchell spoke to the organization about their competitions, building/programming their robot, and what they learned about “waste” through their visit to the Franklin Water Plant.

If your child did not order a yearbook and would still like one, we do have a few extras that you may purchase ($20).  Please contact Mrs. Moynihan, if you are interested.

I have attached 4 documents to this email:  Two regarding our Summer Math Academy, one for our Summer Theatre Program (deadline to register is Monday), and one for a fundraising basketball tournament put on by the Partnership for Public Health.

Next week’s events:

Monday - 8th Grade Field Trip to Boston and York Animal Kingdom

Tuesday - 5th Grade Field Trip to the Flume and Cannon Mountain

Wednesday - 6th Grade Field Trip to Canobie Lake Park

Thursday - 8th Grade Moving Up Day (9:30); Early Dismissal (11:30); Last Day of School

Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful summer with your families.  Don’t be afraid to encourage your child to pick up a book (or three) to read this summer.  Some creative math activities would not hurt either. “Down” time is important, too, so be sure to have some fun!

Take care,


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, July 15, 2018:
2018 Summer Math Academy (Grades 4 - 6) Online Brochure.pdf
2018 Summer Math Academy (Grades 7-8) Online Brochure.pdf
SUMMER CAMP FLYER 2018 (2).pdf
quest for the net for winni region.pdf


posted Jun 11, 2018, 5:26 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  The kids can see the finish line.  Please encourage them to remain diligent in their studies up until the end.  It can be tough this time of year but our staff is working hard to keep the students in their routine as it will help finish the year on a positive note for all.

I have attached a couple of documents regarding this GMS Summer Theatre Camp that Mr. Demko and Mr. Witham are running again this summer.

Please be sure that you are mindful of your student’s lunch account balance.  As of Monday, they will not be able to charge for meals in the cafeteria. You may pay online here, by check (payable to “GMS Food Service”), or cash.  If you have any questions, please contact our Food Service Director, Jonathan Dupuis.  

Tonight is our last dance of the year.  As always, 6th graders may attend this dance. The dance runs from 7:00-8:30 and the cost is $5.00.  Please be prompt when picking up your child.

Next Week’s Events:

  • Wednesday - Cribbage Play (2:30-3:30)

  • Thursday - 7th Grade Field Trip to Boston Museum of Science; Last Homework Group of the school year

  • Friday - Talent Show (1:00); GMS Pops Night (6:30)

Thank you and have a nice start to Motorcycle Week!


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, July 08, 2018:
Sign Up for Peter Pan Jr Summer 2018.pdf
SUMMER CAMP FLYER 2018 (2).pdf


posted Jun 1, 2018, 11:18 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I hope that this email finds you and your families well.  June is here and the end of another school year rapidly approaches.  Lots of dates that you should be aware as we come into the last three weeks of school:

  • Tonight and tomorrow night at 7:00 pm, the GMS Theatre Company’s production of “The Addams Family” at the high school auditorium.  Hope you can come and enjoy the show that Mr. Demko and Mr. Witham have directed for you.

  • June 8 - The 6th-8th school dance in our cafeteria (7:00-8:30)

  • June 13 - Final Cribbage Play of the year (2:30-3:30)

  • June 14 - 7th Grade Field Trip to Boston Museum of Science; Last day for Homework Group

  • June 15 - Middle School Talent Show (1:00)

  • June 18 - 8th Grade Field Trip to Boston or York’s Animal Kingdom

  • June 19 - 5th Grade Field Trip to the Flume and Cannon Mountain

  • June 20 - 6th Grade Field Trip to Canobie Lake Park

  • June 21 - Last Day of School (11:30 dismissal) and 8th Grade Moving Up Day Ceremony (9:30)

Kudos to our Band and Chorus students who gave two outstanding performances at last Friday night’s Fisher Cats game in Manchester.  The Band kicked off the Memorial Day weekend with a spectacular performance of “America the Beautiful” followed by an absolutely magnificent rendition of our National Anthem sung by our chorus.  And it typical GMS fashion, their behavior was at an All-Star level!

Thank you and I hope you have a nice weekend.



posted May 25, 2018, 10:57 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  Please take some time this weekend to remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms and the freedom for others around the world.  A great way to do this is to take part in the town’s annual Memorial Day Parade featuring our band students in grades 7-12. The program begins at 10:00 on Monday in front of the Gilford Community Church.

Our Unified Indoor Soccer Team has a big week next week with two games.  The first is on Tuesday at 3:30 versus the Spaulding Youth Center here at GMS.  Then on Wednesday, they travel to Merrimack Valley Middle School for a 12:30 match.  Students may either bring their own lunch or check in with me to eat lunch here at school during our first lunch time.

I have attached this month’s edition of the Gilford Parks and Rec Newsletter.

Kudos to our 6th Graders!  They earned $718.96 from their Economy Unit project!  All of the proceeds will be donated to the “Make-A-Wish Foundation.”  I am very proud of my 6th graders for working so hard and raising money for such a worthy organization.

I have also attached two flyers for our Annual Summer Math Academy.  One for current students in grades 4-6 and the other for current students in grades 7-8.

Other events next week:

  • Tuesday = Baseball/Softball at Winnisquam (3:30)

  • Wednesday = Baseball/Softball at Laconia (3:30); Cribbage Play (2:30-3:30)

  • Thursday = Annual 7th Grade Gilford Beach Clean-up

  • Friday, June 1 & Saturday June 2 = GMS production of “The Addams Family” in the high school auditorium.  Once again, Director Matt Demko has two different casts and Technical Director, Aaron Witham, has one talent tech crew running both shows!

Thank you and have a nice weekend.


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, June 24, 2018:
P&R News May '18.pdf
Summer 2018 Math Academy (Grades 4 - 6) Online Brochure (1).pdf
2018 Summer Math Academy (Grades 7-8) Online Brochure.pdf


posted May 21, 2018, 7:45 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good evening.  Just like last week’s update, I hope you get this in time so it serves as a reminder of our Choral Concert tonight at the high school (7:00).  Our talented vocalists, led by Mr. Warnick and Mrs. Sanborn, are sure to put on an enjoyable evening for you. Hope to see you there!

I have attached to this email the high school’s National Honor Society sponsored Memorial Day Race and Parade information.  Students from both the middle and high school always conduct a poignant ceremony and parade in honor of our fallen veterans.

Next Tuesday night is the district’s GEEF/STEAM Expo.  Our Robotics Team, led by Mrs. Damato, will be on hand showing off their robot that they have built and coded.  The event begins at 5:30 at the elementary school.

Speaking of our Robotics Team, last Saturday they competed in their last event.  We were fortunate enough to have enough students to send two teams to the competition.  Team “G5” consisting of Clark Blackwelder, Ben Selfridge, Ben Smith and Ben Wolpin (maybe they should have been named team “Ben”?) placed 5th out of 16 teams.  The other team, “LEGOSmiths” consisting of Abby Kenyon, Drew Decarli, Aydn Berube and Mikey Mitchell finished in 7th place. This team won the Judges Award for the presentation.  Congrats to both teams for a job well done!

The 2nd grade is holding a yard sale this Saturday from 8:00-11:00 at the elementary school.  If it rains, the event will be held in the cafeteria. Proceeds are to benefit the Gilford Got Lunch program.

Next week’s events:

  • Monday = Track Meet at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith (4:00)

  • Tuesday = Baseball & Softball (4:00); GEEF/STEAM Expo at GES (5:30)

  • Thursday =  Baseball & Softball (4:00)

  • Friday = Baseball (3:30) & Softball (4:00) at Newfound; Music Trip to Fishercats game

Thank you and have a nice evening.


Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, June 16, 2018:
2018 Memorial Day Race & Parade.pdf


posted May 11, 2018, 4:22 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good evening.  I hope you get this email in time as a reminder (if you needed it) for the Monster Band Concert taking place at GHS at 7:00 tonight.  Students from all three schools (plus Gilmanton!) will dazzle us with their talent. Pre-kudos to Mr. Warnick and Mrs. Beyrent for doing such a great job in conducting these musicians.  Next week, it’ll be Mr. Warnick (again) and Mrs. Sanborn leading our vocalists! Same time, same place next Thursday.

Congrats to our PTA Poetry Contest Winners.  Each of the grade level winners will receive a $10 gift card from Jordan’s Ice Cream and the overall middle school winner will get a $50 Amazon gift card.  You can hear them read their poems next Wednesday night at 6:00 in the Gilford Public Library. Here they are:

  • 5th Grade = Kendall Myers

  • 6th Grade = Andrew McDonough

  • 7th Grade = Murphy Harris

  • 8th Grade = Colby Smith

  • Overall GMS Winner = Samuel Leggett

Upcoming Volunteer Fingerprinting and Orientation Clinics during the Kindergarten Visitation so that new parents can go through the process at GES.  All other parents are invited to attend, too. They are both on June 19 from 9:00-11:00 and 12:00-2:00.

I have attached the brochure for the Gilford Youth Center’s Summer Program.

On Tuesday, May 22, GES is hosting this year’s Community Partner/Teaching and Learning EXPO from 5:30-7:30.  This is to show off what our students do here in the district as well as celebrating the tremendous support the district receives from community partners.  

The Gilford Youth Center is hosting a Comedy Night (presented by Cantin Chevrolet) this Saturday from 6:30-10:00.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Our 8th Graders are traveling to NHTI tomorrow to the annual “Financial Literacy Fair.”  They will participate in a hands-on event that propels them through the personal financial management process, including career selection, budgeting for housing, transportation, luxuries, etc.  This will be the third year that our 8th grade class has participated and each class comes back acknowledging that it was a most worthwhile trip.

Next week’s events:

  • The 5th & 8th Graders will do their Reading and Writing NH State Assessments.

  • Monday = Track Meet (4:00)

  • Wednesday = Baseball/Softball at Belmont (3:30); Unified Indoor Soccer at Laconia (3:30); PTA Poetry Reflections Night at the Gilford Public Library (6:00)

  • Thursday = Choral Concert (7:00)

  • Friday = Early Release (12:20); Baseball/Softball at Franklin (3:30)

Enjoy this evening.  Thank you.


Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, June 09, 2018:
Gilford Youth Center Summer Camp.pdf

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